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Pittsburgh Steelers Keep Their Playoff Hopes Alive by Defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in AFC North Action

December 15th, 2013 at 11:59 PM
By Mark Mihalko
For all the talk that the team was not about to rollover and play for 2014, the Pittsburgh Steelers came out Sunday and backed it up. After a furious start, the Steelers held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 30-20 in AFC North action. In the process they kept their fluttering playoff hopes alive.
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While it will take a miracle for the Steelers to actually make the playoffs, it is incredible that it even remains a possibility. However, for one night in 2014, the team looked like what everyone expected opening weekend with some physicality, some big plays, and an ability to assert their will. 
 
Again the Steelers received a huge spark from wide receiver Antonio Brown, who hauled in another Ben Roethlisberger pass for a touchdown and then electrified the crowd with a punt return touchdown. Plays separated by just 64-seconds. In all, he pulled in five receptions for 66 yards and the score. 
 
Roethlisberger was outstanding, he completed 20-of-25 passes for 191 yards with one touchdown and one interception, but was again poised and a picture of leadership. Rookie Le'Veon Bell also appears to be settling in as the teams feature back with another solid outing. While his stat line was not overwhelming, he did add 107 yards of offense (57 rushing and 50 receiving) with a touchdown and appeared comfortable in the backfield. 
 
Shaun Suisham added three field goals for the Steelers, but it was a vicious hit on special teams on Browns' punt return that may have been the exclamation point for the contest.  Rookie linebacker Terence Garvin flattened punter Kevin Huber breaking his jaw. 
 
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Tags: Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Football, Kevin Huber, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Terence Garvin

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